idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

Nachrichten, Termine, Experten

Grafik: idw-Logo

Share on: 
09/05/2017 15:55

A summer of science for elementary school children and teenagers

Dr. Elisabeth Guggenberger Communications and Events
Institute of Science and Technology Austria

    Summer break programs at IST Austria very popular | Both “Sommercampus” and “Top Models in Science” were a success

    School has begun again for the children and teenagers who took part in the summer programs at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), but the good memories remain. During the fourth “Sommercampus”, 60 children explored research and science at IST Austria, each participant having selected one out of four different topics to focus on for the week. This year, the tracks were physics, biology, computer science, and, thanks to a collaboration with the Museum Gugging, also arts. The young researchers studied the invisible forces that make arrows fly in parabolas, observed the building blocks of life under microscopes, programmed their own computer games, and created pieces of art. Students of the Pädagogische Hochschule Niederösterreich supervised the children during their activities.

    The end of “Sommercampus” was marked by an exhibition set up by the children themselves, who also explained what they learned to parents, IST Austria scientists, and members of the community. The children received their diplomas during the solemn graduation ceremony that followed.

    Not long after the end of the elementary school children’s science week, a new event began: “Top Models in Science”, which was organized as part of the “Talentesommer”. The Niederösterreichische Begabtenakademie, in collaboration with IST Austria and the municipality of Klosterneuburg, offered a diverse and challenging program. During the three-day program, a group of talented students aged 11-15 learned to use mathematical and computer models to understand phenomena and approach problems. The students created templates for 3D-printing, performed experiments, and solved mathematical puzzles.

    After series of presentations by the students, this event also concluded with a graduation ceremony, with city councilor Maria-Theresia Eder handing over the diplomas.
    “Sommercampus” was funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, supported by the Abteilung Wissenschaft und Forschung Niederösterreich, organized together with the Museum Gugging, and developed and realized in close cooperation with the Pädagogische Hochschule Niederösterreich. The event “Top Models in Science”, in the framework of the “Talentesommer”, was a cooperation with the Niederösterreichische Begabtenakademie.

    IST Austria

    The Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) is a PhD granting research institution located in Klosterneuburg, 18 km from the center of Vienna, Austria. Inaugurated in 2009, the Institute is dedicated to basic research in the natural and mathematical sciences. IST Austria employs professors on a tenure-track system, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students at its international graduate school. While dedicated to the principle of curiosity-driven research, the Institute owns the rights to all scientific discoveries and is committed to promote their use. The first president of IST Austria is Thomas A. Henzinger, a leading computer scientist and former professor at the University of California in Berkeley, USA, and the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    more information: Image gallery of "Sommercampus"

    Criteria of this press release:
    Journalists, Scientists and scholars, Teachers and pupils, all interested persons
    transregional, national
    Miscellaneous scientific news/publications, Schools and science

    The end of “Sommercampus” was marked by an exhibition set up by the children themselves

    For download


    Graduation ceremony of the Talentesommer-Event "Top Models in Science"

    For download



    Search / advanced search of the idw archives
    Combination of search terms

    You can combine search terms with and, or and/or not, e.g. Philo not logy.


    You can use brackets to separate combinations from each other, e.g. (Philo not logy) or (Psycho and logy).


    Coherent groups of words will be located as complete phrases if you put them into quotation marks, e.g. “Federal Republic of Germany”.

    Selection criteria

    You can also use the advanced search without entering search terms. It will then follow the criteria you have selected (e.g. country or subject area).

    If you have not selected any criteria in a given category, the entire category will be searched (e.g. all subject areas or all countries).